Flying kites for Freedom
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JUNE 5 is the fortieth anniversary of the Six Day War and the start of what must be the longest occupation, still going on, and getting worse, despite all the talk of "peace processes" and "road maps" . This weekend there will be demonstrations in London, and Washington, and Tel Aviv. But tomorrow will see something different from the usual marching, and speeches.
You could say it is a tribute to the Palestinian children. To their tenacity, their hopes, their courage and their imagination.
Michael Murpago, Janet Suzman and Mike Rosen will be among writers, artists parents and children turning up at Parliament Hill at 5.30pm to fly kites designed by Palestinian children to mark 40 years of Israeli occupation.
Children from all over Palestine, some involved in joint Israeli-Palestinian projects, have designed the kites to represent ‘what they love, what makes them happy and what they find beautiful’. They have never known another life and have little space to play in safety. Being able to fly kites is one way they can be like other children.
They want London children from all backgrounds to come fly the kites and help make a video to send back to Palestine. Some 40 kites have been created from selected designs by the Palestinian children.
I understand the initiative came from Jews for Justice for Palestinians, but it is also being supported by Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association, and besides the celebs mentioned above, novelist Lynne Reid Banks, actress Miriam Margolyes, and poet Roger McGough are supporting the project. It is part of the activities being co-ordinated by the Enough! coalition which includes trade unions, aid NGOs, faith organisations and Palestinian and Jewish groups, and is planning the demonstration on Saturday.
The meeting place for the kite flying is on top of Parliament Hill, NW5, near Gospel Oak station. Buses C2, C11, 214, or 24, 68.
Enough! End the Occupation, Justice for the Palestinians
Demonstration central London,
Saturday 9 June, assemble Lincoln's Inn Fields, 1.30pm